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Norak to Screen Against GPCRs for BASF; Extends Agreement with Lundbeck

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (GenomeWeb News) - Norak Bioscience will use its Transfluor fluorescence cell-based assay technology to discover compounds that act against G protein-coupled receptor targets developed by BASF, Norak said.


Under the terms of the agreement, Norak, based in Research Triangle Park, NC, will use Transfluor to screen a selected portion of its larger compound library against GPCR targets provided by BASF, which is interested in optimizing and developing compounds for crop protection products, Norak said.


Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed; however, Norak said it will receive technology access and screening fees, as well as milestones and royalties.


Norak also announced that Lundbeck A/S has exercised its option to screen another of its GPCR targets of interest using Transfluor. The option was part of a screening collaboration agreement signed in December 2002, which stated that Norak would develop a Transfluor cell line expressing the GPCR target of interest for Lundbeck, and then screen the cell line at Norak using its high-throughput imaging systems and against a compound library of Lundbeck's choice.

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